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Births and infant mortality

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  • Release date: 27 February 2014
  • Period covered: 2012
Annual data which presents information by age of mother, births outside of marriage, fertility rates and weight of baby.

This report has been discontinued. Annual data will continue to be available on StatsWales.

Key points

  • There were 35,238 live births to Welsh residents in 2012.
  • Fertility rates rose generally during the 2000s but fell slightly in 2011 and 2012, with the average number of children per woman, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR), standing at 1.88.
  • 58 per cent of live births in 2012 were outside marriage, although most of these were jointly registered by both parents.
  • Although the rates fluctuate from year to year, generally during the 2000s infant mortality rates have fallen; in 2012 the infant mortality rate stood at 4.1 per thousand live births.
  • The stillbirth rate has fluctuated during the 2000s between 4.6 and 5.7 per 1,000 total births.


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